In April 2010, a fire tore through the tenement buildings at 283 and 285 Grand Street, leaving creepy charred shells and displacing 200 tenants. Even the neighboring building at 289 suffered considerable damage. Lawsuits between tenants and owners abound in the interim years, and the burnt buildings were ultimately demolished. The owners replaced them with a bland glass office box, but the tenants of 289 succeeded in preventing their damaged building's destruction. Bowery Boogie reports that the court instead ordered a full restoration of the building by March 1, 2013, and, somewhat shockingly, things have moved forward on schedule. Tenants should be moving in this spring.
· Looking at the Rehabilitated 285-289 Grand Street [Bowery Boogie]
· Grand Street Fire Leaves Chinatown With Creepy Ruins [Curbed]